I identify core psychological issues that cost people and businesses physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial health so they can reach their utmost potential.
-Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, graduating Cum Laude, from Pepperdine University.
-Master of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, graduating Summa Cum Laude, from Chapman University.
-Began practicing counseling in 1998 at Chapman University’s Community Clinic
-Licensed Professional Counselor since 2001
-LPC Supervisor since 2003
-In private practice since 2001
-Opened Vann Counseling & Associates to offer lower cost counseling services provided by my interns 2010
-Currently developing an Intensive Outpatient Program franchise
-Counseled over 450 individuals with a history of self-harm and consulted with other counselors on hundreds of cases
-Expertise in NSSI, boundary issues in personal & professional life, assertiveness, perfectionism, dating issues, problems related to adolescence, anxiety, depression, stress management, motivational issues, esteem problems
-Professional speaker since 2000
-National, State, and Local Conferences & Symposiums
-Repeat guest for numerous groups and conferences
-Over 65 talks on self-injury and trained over 2000 audience members from the professional and lay communities
-Trainer for 4 Colleges, 6 school districts, business networking events, probation departments, and
-Professor for two colleges
Media Consultant Highlights:
-National, State, and Local Mental Health Media Consultant since 2009
–Over 230 interviews for TV, radio, and print media
–ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, and CW33
–Fox News Radio, Clear Channel, and I Heart Radio Contributor for stations across the U.S.
-The Dallas Morning News, The Denver Post, The Amarillo Globe, Worchester Gazette (Massachusetts), GL (Girls’ Life magazine), Houston Family Magazine, Chattanooga Parenting Magazine, Dallas/Ft. Worth/Tarrant Cty Child, Breckenridge American
-HollywoodLife.com consulted on celebrity stories involving self-injury
–Script Consultant and panelist for movies and documentaries
Author of 3 books with the 4th set for release fall 2017
—A Caregiver’s Guide to Self-injury (2014)
–A Practitioner’s Guide to Self-injury: tips, techniques, activities, and debates (2015).
–The Self-injury Prevention Activity Workbook–over 30 activities and growing
-Co-edited the book, What Next???: An Honest Handbook of Single, Expecting Mothersby Sonja Dilbeck
Parenting & Relationship Expert for the media, The Teen Whisperer, the Guru of Self-injury, and a
For a list of speaking engagements and topics, go to the Presentations page and for CDs and DVDs from previous presentations go to the SHOP page to purchase the items.